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Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice

Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don’t toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal.Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist I absolutely love fried rice.

As far as carbs go, rice is pretty much at the top of my list. It’s edged out (just barely) by pasta and noodles. Whenever I make rice, I always make a bit too much, usually on purpose. Making fried rice is a great way to use up any odds and ends I have in the fridge, whether protein or veggies and occasionally both.

I’ve gone traditional and made a basic fried rice. I’ve made a Hawaiian version with pineapple and kielbasa. Wanting to use up all the extra veggies in the house, I once made a veggie fried rice. And when a quart of homemade gluten free teriyaki sauce was sent home with me, I made a pork teriyaki fried rice.

Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist Recently, I was in serious need of comfort food and I didn’t want to cook. I usually turn to red sauce in times like these, but not wanting to cook nixed that. Take out was the aim. And my local Indian restaurant came to my rescue.

As most of you know, it’s just my daughter and me. Together, we won’t even finish one adult entree at a restaurant. But when I order from my favorite local Indian restaurant, I tend to order for a full size family-enough to feed us dinner at least 3 times and a couple of lunches for me. The delicious basmati rice that accompanies such an order is WAY TOO MUCH for us to ever consume.

When I opened my fridge and saw all that rice, I was loathe to toss it. But we’d eaten all the take out. That’s when I got the idea to make an Indian style fried rice. Why not? I knew I had all the necessary spices. I almost always have cooked chicken on-hand for quick meals. So just like that, Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice became dinner. Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist

Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp high heat oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro; plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder +/- to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt; to taste
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted cashews (halves/pieces)
  • 3-4 cups chopped cooked chicken (or turkey)

Instructions

  1. Combine the spices and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the coconut milk and yogurt, once smooth, whisk in the spices; set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet, pan, or wok over high heat, once hot, add the oil.
  4. Add the rice, onion and garlic, stir constantly for 3-5 minutes or until the onions begin to soften.
  5. Add the peas and cilantro, mix well.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-high.
  7. Pour in the seasoned coconut milk, stir constantly allowing the liquid to be absorbed into the rice.
  8. Add the cashews, mixing them into the rice completely; cook 2-3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the cooked chicken and allow to warm through, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Garnish with fresh cilantro, serve, and enjoy.

Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist Turmeric Cashew Chicken Rice ~ Don't toss that leftover rice! Add chicken, peas, cashews, and spiced coconut milk for quick, yet delicious one pan meal ~ The Complete Savorist

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7 Comments

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    November 28, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Homemade fried rice is one of my favorite things to make and eat – so versatile! I adore all of the spices you’ve added to this version, and that turmeric just makes it so beautifully golden.

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    Laura at I Heart Naptime
    November 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This looks so delicious! Turmeric and gram masala are two of my favorite flavors to add to dishes. Cannot wait to try this!

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    Amy Stafford
    November 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Homemade fried rice is a very very good thing. All those spices have to make a wonderful flavorful recipe

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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    November 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve never seen this kind of dish before, and it looks amazing!!

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    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    November 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    This sounds amazing!! Love all the spices in this and the crunch from the cashews! 🙂

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    Jessica | The Novice Chef
    November 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    LOVE the flavors in this!

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    Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny
    November 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    This sounds incredible. With the temps falling, this would be the perfect addition to our fall menu!

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